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Check Your Shoes

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When I was a kid, my Daddy used to get us all up for church on Sunday morning. We’d have breakfast together, which was rare for us (and I’m guessing for most people around here). My Daddy worked in the coal mines, so he left for work at about 5:30 each morning on weekdays. Then on Saturdays he and my Momma slept in while my brother and I would get up early and watch cartoons. The good ones that aren’t censored; the ones they don’t show anymore.

Anyway, back to Sunday. We’d get gussied up in our best and all get out to the family car, being sure to step on the flagstones out to the driveway to make sure we didn’t get our shoes or the hem of our pants wet from the morning dew, then Daddy would drive us to the little Methodist church.

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The People Across the Street

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A woman was eating dinner with her son and her daughter. Her husband was upstairs in bed. Her husband was sick. Very sick. He had been sick for over a month.

Dinner was a single can of baked beans. It was all they could afford. Times were tight.

“You guys know Mable across the street, right?” the woman said as she scooped up a spoonful of beans.

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War is Hell

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war [wawr]  noun, verb

  1. a conflict carried on by force of arms, as between nations or between parties within a nation; warfare, as by land, sea, or air.
  2. a state or period of armed hostility or active military operations: The two nations were at war with each other.
  3. a contest carried on by force of arms, as in a series of battles or campaigns: the War of 1812.

These are just a few of the first entries over at for the word “war”. There are more; 13, in fact. That’s a lot of definitions.

I’m sure most of you know what the word “war” means, and I’d be willing to bet that for a lot of you it fits in one of the definitions I’ve listed above, or if not one of those, then the other definitions listed on I’d be willing to bet that almost everyone in the US is involved in one way or another in some kind of war. Hell, here in the US, we love war. We declare it on everything. The War on Terror. The War on Drugs. Cancer. Poverty. Christmas. You name it, we’ve got a war going on against it.

But have we, here in the comforting glow of our computer screens, forgotten what war is actually about?

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Are You Syrias?

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While the rest of the country is talking about Miley Cyrus stripping down to her underwear and grinding on MTV’s illustrious Video Music Awards show (how can they have video awards if they don’t show videos anymore?), the fine folks in Washington have decided that yes, we need to get involved in the bullshit going on in Syria.

“Syria? What’s going on in Syria?”

Well, while we were worrying whether or not Paula Deen is a racist (hint: she probably is), Syria has been involved in a civil war for a couple of years now. And last week there was allegedly a chemical attack from the government on the rebels. A chemical attack would violate the Geneva convention. Chemical attacks are horrible and leave after effects on the land and people for years and years afterwards. (If you’ve never seen them, do a Google Image Search for “Agent Orange Effects“.)

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